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7.23.2017

Novel legal strategy underpins sea level rise lawsuits against oil and coal

“We’re in uncharted territory here pretty fundamentally,” said Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the UCLA law school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “The theory behind it is an interesting one: that essentially, petroleum products should be considered defective when used as directed because of the harms that they cause.”


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7.19.2017

‘Most important vote’ set today for cap and trade

“I consider A.B. 398 to be a pretty good compromise and one that doesn’t threaten the environmental integrity of the climate program in any serious way,” said Cara Horowitz, co-director of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “Folks may or may not like the...


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7.18.2017

Imperial Beach, two counties sue fossil fuel companies for money to deal with sea level rise

A number of earlier lawsuits against oil and gas companies failed because they focused on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, said Ann Carlson, faculty director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. “Here, this is a more conventional lawsuit” in the sense of asking for damages, she said. “The lawyers have done a very good job. The courts will have to take this seriously.”